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Ralph Lauren chooses blue jeans for Team USA's Olympic uniforms

Ralph Lauren chooses blue jeans for Team USA's Olympic uniforms

Ralph Lauren —who has dressed Team USA at nine consecutive Olympics and Paralympics— has unveiled Tuesday his latest creations for the athletes who will represent the country at the Paris Olympics. For the opening ceremony on the Seine, the designer has opted to outfit the Olympians in a classic navy Ralph Lauren blazer with red and white detailing, paired with a striped Oxford shirt, navy knit tie, and tapered light denim jeans.


Last stop on the Olympic Qualifier Series begins Thursday in Budapest

Last stop on the Olympic Qualifier Series begins Thursday in Budapest

The second and final stop of the Olympic Qualifier Series (OQS) begins this Thursday in Budapest with over 460 athletes competing to qualify for a spot in the Paris Olympics. The OQS is the International Olympic Committee’s new multi-sport festival-style series to determine which athletes will go on to represent their respective countries in BMX freestyle, breaking, climbing and skate. Its inaugural four-day event in Shanghai was attended by 45,000 spectators, including the IOC’s president, Thomas Bach, who praised the event’s organisers


Snowboarding legend Shaun White starting own halfpipe league

Snowboarding legend Shaun White starting own halfpipe league

Three-time Olympic gold medallist, Shaun White is launching a professional snowboarding circuit, The Snow League, in March 2025, which will run past the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milano Cortina. The season-long halfpipe league will feature five events —all of which will include snowboarding— with plans to include freeskiing at mid-season. 


Seven countries add women's recurve Olympic spots

Seven countries add women's recurve Olympic spots

Eight Olympic spots were up for grabs in the women’s individual recurve event at the Final Olympic Qualifier in Antalya, Türkiye and seven countries — Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Moldova, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine— gained their first women's quotas for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games with the final spot to be decided via world ranking.


Matt Richards tells IOC to "take care of their athletes" after ticketing scam

Matt Richards tells IOC to "take care of their athletes" after ticketing scam

Olympic freestyle gold medallist Matt Richards has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take better care of athletes competing at the Games and their families after his parents fell victim to an online ticketing scam. Richards' mother Amanda has told the BBC that the family had been scammed out of £2,500 pounds (€2,955 euros) by a ticket website that "looked perfectly legitimate”. The swimmer has called out the IOC and its President for not providing competitor’s families with better access to tickets. 


Emmanuel Wanyonyi: Olympic berth with third fastest time ever

Emmanuel Wanyonyi: Olympic berth with third fastest time ever

Nineteen-year-old Emmanuel Wanyonyi claimed the men’s 800m final at the Kenyan Olympic trials Saturday, clocking in at a world-leading and personal best time of 1:41 —the third fastest in the world behind fellow Kenyans David Rudisha and Wilson Kipketer. Wanyonyi almost failed to qualify for the finals after he was tripped and fell during Friday’s semifinals, where he finished sixth. Despite struggling with a swollen leg, Wanyonyi bounced back on Saturday to secure a spot on the Olympic team. 



Palestinian Olympic head hopes Olympics will spotlight war in Gaza

Palestinian Olympic head hopes Olympics will spotlight war in Gaza

Head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, Jibril Rajoub, said Wednesday he hoped the Paris Olympic Games would bring more attention to the war in Gaza and the "Israeli occupation of the West Bank," Times of Israel reported last week. So far the country is set to participate in the Games with one athlete confirmed in taekwondo while other hopefuls are training to meet the International Olympic Committee standards to have priority for wildcards. Rajoub said in a press conference earlier this month that Palestine will have a minimum of 6-8 (athletes), three of which are likely to come from Gaza. 


Olympic swimming events still set for the Seine after heavy rains

Olympic swimming events still set for the Seine after heavy rains

Despite recent heavy rains, swimming in the River Seine is still the plan at the Paris Olympics after a $1.5 billion (€1.3 billion) investment to improve the water quality, according to a report Thursday by the Associated Press. Marathon swimmers and triathletes are scheduled to plunge into the cleaned-up waters after the Olympics open in July.


Lithuania celebrates Olympic Day with centenary

Lithuania celebrates Olympic Day with centenary

The city of Šiauliai played host to the country’s celebration of Olympic Day , together with the 100th anniversary of the Lithuanian Olympic Movement, last Saturday in a festival with more than a hundred different sports and entertainment activities. 20,000 people are estimated to have attended the day-long event for a chance try out various sports, chat with professional athletes, meet national Olympians, engage in games and tournaments, and join educational and Olympic educational events.


Salt Lake City unveils 2034 Olympic budget

Salt Lake City unveils 2034 Olympic budget

Utah’s bid to bring the Winter Olympics back to Salt Lake City takes another step forward, as the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games released its budget on Monday to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as part of their response to the Future Host Questionnaire. The organisers projected that hosting the 2034 Winter Games in Utah would cost nearly $4 billion (€3.7 billion), including $2.83 billion (€2.6 billion) for core operations and promised no state or local public funding will be used to fund the Games.



Paris 2024: NBA star Nikola Jokic named in Serbia's Olympic team

Paris 2024: NBA star Nikola Jokic named in Serbia's Olympic team

NBA and Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic has secured a spot in Serbia's preliminary 16-player squad for the upcoming Paris Olympics. The announcement came from the Basketball Federation of Serbia, who unveiled the list curated by Serbian national team coach Svetislav Pesic on their official website this Monday.


Bill May’s Olympic dreams dead in the water

Bill May’s Olympic dreams dead in the water

Bill May was vying to be the first man to compete in artistic swimming in this upcoming Olympic Games in Paris. After a rule change in December 2022 by World Aquatics opened the door for men to compete in the sport, allowing up to two per National Olympic Team.


Ex-NBA player Chase Budinger joins Olympic beach volleyball team

Ex-NBA player Chase Budinger joins Olympic beach volleyball team

Chase Budinger will make his Olympic debut this summer in Paris, qualifying with his partner Miles Evans after passing their countrymen Theo Brunner and Trevor Crabb in international rankings last month. The 36-year-old small forward who has played with the Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets, retired from basketball in 2017 to play pro volleyball.